A CD featuring some of the songs intended for U2's next studio album went missing in Nice, France, Tuesday (July 13) while the Irish rock act was busy with a photo shoot. Police have questioned approx

A CD featuring some of the songs intended for U2's next studio album went missing in Nice, France, Tuesday (July 13) while the Irish rock act was busy with a photo shoot. According to reports, police have questioned approximately 20 people who were present during the shoot to determine if the incident was an accident or the result of theft.

"A large slice of two years' work lifted via a piece of round plastic," guitarist the Edge says on U2's official Web site. "It doesn't seem credible but that's what's just happened to us ... and it was my CD."

U2 has completed the bulk of recording for the as-yet-untitled set in Dublin and was in France to handle post-production work. The album is expected to be released in mid-to-late November by Interscope, with a single to precede it possibly as early as September. A major international tour will follow.

"The recording of this album has been going so well," says U2 manager Paul McGuinness. "The band is so excited about its release. It would be a shame if unfinished work fell into the wrong hands."